Baylor women open NCAA tourney 77-36 over Northwestern St

first_imgWACO, Texas (AP) — Niya Johnson and Lady Bears watched Baylor’s men lose their NCAA Tournament opener as a big favorite.The Lady Bears didn’t even flirt with an upset, taking control with a big run early and winning again at home in the NCAA Tournament, 77-36 over Northwestern State on Friday.“We talked about it,” Johnson said of the men getting upset by No. 14 seed Georgia State the day before. “We don’t’ want to go home, we don’t want this to end. We just try to come out there with energy.”The Big 12 champion Lady Bears (31-3), the No. 2 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, went ahead to stay with an early 14-2 run in which Nina Davis and Khadijah Cave each had six points to break a 7-7 tie.“It’s just March Madness, I just have a different mindset,” said Davis, the Big 12 player of the year who had 17 points in 23 minutes. “There’s so many upsets all over, men and women, that have already happened, and we just don’t want that to be us.”Alexis Prince had 14 points for Baylor, including a 3-pointer to cap a 15-3 run after halftime with seven of eight shots made to go up 60-29.Cave finished with 12 points and Kristy Wallace had 11 rebounds while playing a team-high 27 minutes. All 11 Baylor players got in for at least 11 minutes — and all scored.The Lady Bears have won 20 home games in a row overall, including the first two rounds in last year’s NCAA Tournament. They opened at home for the fourth time in five years, and are now 7-0 in those NCAA games.Baylor will try to get to the Sweet 16 for the seventh consecutive season when it hosts Arkansas (18-13) on Sunday. The Razorbacks from the SEC rallied for a 57-55 win over Northwestern of the Big Ten in the first game at Waco on Friday.Janelle Perez had 10 points for Southland Conference tournament champion Northwestern State (19-15) coached by Brooke Stoehr, who like Baylor coach Kim Mulkey was an NCAA Final Four point guard at Louisiana Tech.After playing for Leon Barmore at Louisiana Tech, Mulkey was an associate head coach for the legendary women’s coach and recruited Stoehr to play there. Mulkey was there for the younger guard’s first two seasons before leaving in 2000 for Baylor.“This game is kind of difficult for me because Brooke’s on that other sideline, and I knew that what she had, and I knew that maybe they were outmatched a little bit, height, size, talent,” Mulkey said. “But her team never stopped playing hard. She’s got her team playing hard.”Northwestern State, which opened the game with a shot-clock violation on its first possession and then an air ball on a 3-point try the next one, tied the game at 7 on Tia Youngblood’s jumper with 15:22 left in the first half.Davis made two free throws only 20 seconds later to start the 14-2 run. All of Cave’s points in that came on three layups, the last with 11:50 left in the halfto make it 21-9.“We just faced a very, very good team. They’re balanced. They have a lot of size and a lot of depth,” Stoehr said. “I’m extremely proud of our group and our team and the way they competed. They weren’t afraid.”TIP-INSNorthwestern St.: The Lady Demons shot only 24 percent (14 of 59) overall. They had only six field goals after halftime.Baylor: The Lady Bears finished with a 53-26 rebounding advantage. … Their 39 defensive rebounds were their most ever in an NCAA Tournament game.UP NEXTNorthwestern St.: Season over.Baylor: Play Arkansas in second-round game Sunday.FIVE FOULSBaylor finished the game with only five personal fouls — one each by five different players. And that’s what Mulkey mentioned when asked about having 23 assists and only five turnovers. “How about those five fouls. I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a game where we had as few as fouls, particularly since we played man to man,” she said. “I thought it was a misprint.UNRANKEDS DON’T WIN IN WACOBaylor has won 151 consecutive home games against unranked opponents. The last such loss was to Auburn in the 2003 WNIT finals.last_img read more

Video | Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan and players talk Final Four

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At Masters, Tiger’s game is anyone’s guess

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. – When 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott was asked about players he expected to contend this week, he listed six names.None of the six belonged to Tiger Woods.“I have no idea what he’s been doing,” Scott said. “I’ve listed a bunch of guys that I’ve watched play a little bit and followed their results, but it’s a little unknown with Tiger because he hasn’t played in a few months. …“With Tiger, anything’s possible.”That pretty much sums up this year’s Masters as it relates to Woods — and as Woods relates to the Masters. Tiger has been out of sight and out of mind for most of the pro golf season. As impressive as his track record is — especially at Augusta National — his recent body of work is a blank slate.And so it is that after two months away from tournament golf and with serious questions about the state of his game, Tiger will tee it up at the Masters on Thursday in a most unfamiliar role:The underdog.One gambling website listed Woods’ odds of winning the Masters at 40-to-1.But you know what? That’s just fine with Tiger.“I want to win,” Woods said. “The whole idea is to prepare and do that, and I feel like my game is finally ready to go and do that again.”During a 20-minute interview Tuesday at the Augusta National media center, Woods seemed confident and at ease. He joked with reporters. He reflected on the joys of having his two kids with him here this week.In short, he looked nothing like the golfer who seemed so rattled after shooting a second-round 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in January.Still, after hundreds of hours of practice (“People would never understand how much work I put into it to come back to do this again,” he said), Tiger has yet to prove how the swing changes he has made and the rebuilding of his short game will hold up under the pressure and scrutiny of the Masters.He’s putting himself on the spot. Unlike baseball, there is no chance for a minor-league rehab start for a pro golfer who is trying to work out the kinks in his game.Beyond that, Tiger isn’t going to fly under the radar anywhere he tees it up. But he could have avoided making his return to tournament competition on golf’s biggest stage. Why not wait a couple of weeks and enter the Zurich Class of New Orleans?But Tiger embraces challenges. Likewise, he has a flair for the dramatic. On top of that, he has great memories of Augusta National, where his four Masters wins came in a nine-year stretch.“There’s no other tournament in the world like this, and to come back to a place that I’ve had so many great memories at and so many great times in my life, it’s always special,” he said.Of all the shots he’ll hit this week, the most analyzed one will be his first short pitch or chip to one of Augusta National’s tilting greens. When last we saw him in a tournament, he had the chipping yips. If he wasn’t hitting the shot fat, he was hitting it thin. At times, he looked like a 20-handicapper.Some, like ESPN analyst Paul Azinger, believe Tiger’s troubles with the wedge are the result of a bad set-up and not the yips. Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee disagrees. Speaking on a teleconference with the media recently, Chamblee said:“He’s going to the most difficult place in the world to chip. I have no doubt in the world that he thinks he’s fixed it, but what he has is the chipping yips. What we saw at the Phoenix Open, that was the yips. And there’s just no way he’s overcome it by now.”Time will tell. The lies at Augusta National are notoriously tight. On Monday, Masters officials released a statement saying the fairways would be mowed at three-eighths of an inch. That means there is little cushion under the ball. If you don’t catch a chip flush, you’re going to either skull it or chunk it.On top of that, it’s not like you’re chipping to a nice, flat green. Everything at Augusta National slopes this way and that.But Tiger believes he has fixed the problem through hard work. When he arrived at the course on Monday, he immediately headed to the short-game area of the practice range and started chipping away — with solid results.“You have to have the ability to hit certain chip shots with a draw spin, cut spin, which bounce you want to have it check on,” he said.But it’s been 10 years since Tiger last won the Masters. Let that sink in for a minute. Here’s someone who, at age 21, lapped the field by 12 shots in 1997. Remember, no less of an authority than Jack Nicklaus once said Tiger would win more Masters titles than he and Arnold Palmer combined — 10.Tiger is stuck at four — and not counting.Reach David Climer at 615-259-8020 and on Twitter @DavidClimer. THE MASTERS When: Thursday-Sunday.TV: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 2-6:30 p.m., 7-10 p.m.) and WTVF-5 (Saturday, 2-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.).Last year: Bubba Watson won for the second time in three years, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three strokes.Of note: Tiger Woods, the winner in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005, is returning from a two-month leave. In his only two events this year, he shot a career-worst 82 and missed the cut by nine strokes in the Phoenix Open and withdrew during the first round at Torrey Pines because of tightness in his lower back. He missed the Masters last year following back surgery. Tiger Woods waits on a green during a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National.Tiger Woods waits on a green during a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National.last_img read more

Take 5: What Ole Miss accomplished this spring

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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.OXFORD – Hugh Freeze wasn’t bashful about his thoughts this spring.If a player disappointed, Ole Miss’ coach voiced that.If someone impressed, he made sure that was known, too.Yes, injuries derailed some of the Rebels’ progress, but they still managed to answer questions and fill voids during their 15 allotted spring practices. With spring over following Saturday’s Grove Bowl at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, we take a look at what exactly Ole Miss accomplished and what problems still remain.O-lineChad Kelly, Ryan Buchanan or DeVante Kincade — it doesn’t matter who Ole Miss’ quarterback is if they don’t have time to throw the ball.The offensive line is the biggest unanswered question leftover after spring camp.The Rebels were down to just eight healthy offensive linemen at a point, and didn’t get to use this time to piece and puzzle to find the right starting combination.But there’s also a silver lining.There was no shortage of reps for those healthy, namely Javon Patterson.The early enrollee was signed with the expectation he’d push to start on day one. Based on most reviews, he’s well on his way.“I think he’ll be a really special player for us,” Freeze said. “Really like him.”Where does the QB competition stand?When Kelly committed to Ole Miss last December, many jumped to pencil him in as the starter.Not so fast.“I go back and forth,” Freeze said. “Going into (Saturday), I would say Ryan (Buchanan) has the lead.”In a way, Freeze has to decide what he’s looking for out of his quarterback. All three have very different playing styles.Buchanan doesn’t have flash. He takes what the defense gives him, as he did in the Grove Bowl. He rarely pushes the ball down the field. But he also rarely makes mistakes.Kelly brings flash. He impressed with his arm strength. His biggest obstacle will be diving into the playbook this summer.Kincade wows with his legs, but he overthrew several open receivers on Saturday.Regardless, the starter won’t be named any time soon.“It wouldn’t shock me going into week one planning to give all of them reps,” Freeze said. “See what they do when the lights come on.”Replacing the All-AmericansOle Miss entered spring trying to replace two All-Americans in its secondary with the departures of Cody Prewitt and Senquez Golson.Tee Shepard and Tony Bridges looked like they could help fill the void.And according to most reviews, they proved they could this spring.Both progressed nicely this fall, and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack is very comfortable with the pair of 6-footers.At safety, Trae Elston has taken over Prewitt’s responsibilities of calling checks and adjustments. Wommack said he’s adjusted well.“He’s very comfortable doing that,” Wommack said. “He’ll be fine.”At the other safety spot, Mike Hilton broke his thumb and missed some time, but Wommack said C.J. Hampton was his “biggest surprise” stepping up in Hilton’s absence.The one hole in the defenseThere’s really only one unknown on the defensive side of the ball after spring — middle linebacker.What’s known is this: The Rebels will rotate players based on situations in the fall.What’s unknown is who will be in that rotation.C.J. Johnson will likely see time there, but Freeze also didn’t rule out the possibility of moving him back to defensive end. Johnson impressed with his run-stopping abilities this spring.Behind him, Shawn Curtis’ name came up several times. It did again after the Grove Bowl. Curtis was a relatively unknown recruit who will arrive in the summer.“We’ve still got a ways to go there,” Freeze said. “We just have to plan what we’re going to do with (C.J. Johnson) and what situations he works best in.”Find a running gameOle Miss kept its play calling very vanilla during the Grove Bowl, and looking too much into spring game results is never wise.That said, Ole Miss’ running games showed some signs of life.The Rebels’ running struggles were well documented last season. Redshirt junior Akeem Judd and Jordan Wilkins ran physically, something that was missing last fall.“(Jordan) is going to be a solid player for us,” Freeze said. “He just needs to keep at it.”Contact Riley Blevins at rblevins@jackson.gannett.com. Follow @Riley_Blevins on Twitter. ONLINE: Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) brings you the top plays from the Grove Bowl and discusses the big takeaways from Ole Miss’ spring season, including how long it might take the Rebels before a starting quarterback is named. Watch it online at clarionledger.com.last_img read more

LSU signs Sampson; up to No. 1 in recruiting rankings

first_imgBATON ROUGE – Not since the days of “Shaq & Dale” and the recruiting classes of former Coach Dale Brown in the late 1980s that brought the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Jackson and Stanley Roberts has LSU been so highly ranked in college basketball recruiting.After 6-foot-4 guard Brandon Sampson of Madison Prep in Baton Rouge signed with LSU on Monday on the heels of the anticipated signing of guard Antonio Blakeney of Oak Ridge High in Orlando, Fla., 247Sports ranked LSU’s class of 2015 No. 1 in the nation as it made a double-digit jump in the rankings.Sampson, a shooting guard who is the No. 41 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, had previously committed to St. John’s. He joins the No. 1 prospect in the nation – 6-9 forward Ben Simmons, who signed with LSU over Florida and Ohio State in November out of Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. The signing of the 6-3 Blakeney, who is ranked as the No. 14 shooting guard in the nation by Rivals.com, is expected to be confirmed by LSU as soon as the school’s NCAA compliance department finishes reviewing his scholarship papers. Blakeney said last week he would sign with LSU after being offered scholarships by Kentucky and Kansas, among others.“We are excited about the addition of Brandon Sampson to our basketball team,” said LSU coach Johnny Jones, who was an assistant of Brown’s from 1984-97. “Brandon has the ability to score efficiently from all three levels. He can shoot the three, score from mid-range and, because of his athleticism, he is able to finish plays at the rim. He has the uncanny ability of making other people around him better. We look forward to Brandon making an immediate impact with our program.”Sampson averaged 15.9 points and 2.2 assists for Madison Prep last season.Jones has also signed 6-8 forward Craig Victor as a transfer from Arizona. Victor was the No. 40 power forward in the nation out of New Orleans in 2014 and will be eligible to play at LSU in the 2015-16 season.last_img read more

New Lion Wright once again playing in Fairley’s shadow

first_imgThe Lions traded back into the fourth round to draft Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright with the No. 113 pick overall.Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett. Gabe Wright has been living in Nick Fairley’s shadow for the last four years, and he doesn’t expect that to change now that he’s with the Lions.Wright, the Lions’ fourth-round pick, followed Fairley to Auburn and even wore Fairley’s old No. 90 while playing on the Tigers’ defensive line.Fairley signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent this off-season, and when the Lions went looking for a replacement in the draft, they traded a future pick to take Wright early in the fourth round.Wright, in a conference call last week, said Fairley was a mentor to him even though the two never played together at Auburn.“He left when I came in, but he was still a mentor,” Wright said. “He was one of the main guys and told me that guys would naturally try to make comparisons and just come in and be me.”While Fairley was one of the best defensive linemen in the nation at Auburn and a first-round pick, Wright had a comparatively nondescript career.He started a handful of games as a freshman and sophomore before moving into the starting lineup full-time as a junior. Last year, he played end and tackle on an Auburn team that went 8-5 and finished with just one sack and 4.5 tackles for loss.Lions can’t count on much defensive help from drafteesWright said he hasn’t thought much about following in Fairley’s footsteps a second time.“It’s something that’s there, but I’m just happy to be on the team,” he said.And Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, without mentioning Fairley’s name, said Wright differs from his sometimes passive predecessor in one significant way: He has an “outstanding” motor, Austin said.“What you see from him is he follows in the mold in what we like our defensive tackles to do and that’s penetrate, attack, get off blocks and make plays,” Austin said. “Good player, good kid and we’re really glad to have him.”last_img read more

UGA Insider: Five Facts on the Everett Golson situation

first_imgNov 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) throws a pass against the Southern California Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Nov 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) throws a pass against the Southern California Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.As the Everett Golson saga continues, speculation over where the former Notre Dame quarterback will ultimately play his final season of college ball definitely has tongues wagging. Opinions on that subject run the gamut, with Florida State being mentioned as a possible landing spot, along with SEC members Alabama, South Carolina and possibly Georgia.Late last week some media sources announced that Golson would visit South Carolina on Monday and Georgia today.However, Monday came and went with no sign of Golson in Columbia and from what we’ve seen, there’s been no word of him in Athens, either.So, while the Twitterverse continues to hyperventilate about the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina native, here are five facts regarding Golson that it would be wise to remember – especially should he wind up playing in the SEC.1. Although Golson is free to visit most any program he wants, schools wanting to sign him would first have to receive transfer/release papers from the compliance office at Notre Dame. While this technically isn’t that big of a deal, Golson’s papers cannot be sent by a family member or friend like some have suggested, despite the fact that Golson is set to graduate later this week. Also, while most have focused on where he fits as a player, the interested coaches don’t have the only say as Golson has to clear the admissions office first.2. If Golson wants to play in the SEC, he will have to receive waiver from the league office in Birmingham. According to SEC rules, schools can sign graduate students so long as said student did not face a formal suspension from his former school. Golson was suspended in 2013 by the Irish for an alleged violation of academic policy. That makes him ineligible ot play in the SEC unless he is granted a waiver.3. In regards to the waiver, there’s a long litany of requirements that would have to be met (including meeting the APR and admission of the new institution) before the submission of the required waiver. But even if all the requirements are met, the conference office would still have the final say and there are no guarantees there. According to our sources, Georgia looked into the situation the SEC office is unlikely to grant that waiver.4. As a freshman, Golson quarterback Notre Dame to the 2012 national title game against Alabama, throwing for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns while running Brian Kelly’s spread offense, setting a number of school records in the process, including the mark for consecutive completions (25). However, last year Golson also turned the ball over 22 times and ultimately lost his starting job. He has not played in a pro-style office similar to he one the Bulldogs employ.5. Golson’s choices of schools are somewhat limited. Notre Dame did not give Golson a release to transfer to one of its 2015 opponents, including Texas – which kicks off the 2015 season against the Irish – or Georgia Tech, which travels to South Bend on Sept. 19.Basically, Golson would have more hurdles to clear if he wants to play in the SEC and at this point that seems to be only a very, very remote possibility according to those sources to whom we have spoken.LIKE 11Alive’s Facebook page to get the latest breaking news and weather alerts, plus discuss trending topics!<!–iframe–>last_img read more

Will Power reflects on near-victory at Indy 500

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — Will Power can still revisit in his mind the last few seconds of the Indianapolis 500. Teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was within sight, but not within reach.“Obviously, seeing him there in front of you on the last lap … I just didn’t have the balance in the car. But you can always talk about, ‘What if?’ Maybe we would have crashed together, who knows?” Power said. “It just happened the way it was meant to happen.”Power settled for a second-place finish at Indy, and now it’s time for the defending series champion to turn his attention to an entirely different kind of race. Power was in Detroit for a luncheon Thursday to help promote this weekend’s IndyCar doubleheader. The races Saturday and Sunday, on a street circuit on Belle Isle, play to Power’s strengths, but the Indy 500 showing was also a confidence booster for a driver whose performance on ovals has often been questioned.“It was definitely a great day, a great day for the team,” he said.Penske teammates Montoya and Power not only finished 1-2 at Indy, they’re also first and second in the standings. Sunday’s race will be Power’s 100th start for Team Penske. Montoya was also at Thursday’s event — he said he got in around 1 a.m. and was looking forward to getting a good night’s sleep.At least he sounded normal when he talked.“I lost my voice from screaming in the car,” he said. “My voice is actually coming back, so I’m doing really good.”Montoya twice rallied from the back of the field and then held off Power at the end for his second Indy 500 victory, 15 years after his first. It was a triumphant moment for Montoya and an entertaining finish for a series that will take the positive buzz.“We showed what IndyCar is all about,” Montoya said. “It’s about speed, performance, being competitive and bringing the best, bringing the ‘A’ game. I think if we can translate that to people that watch every week, I think IndyCar is just going to take off.”As the hoopla from Indy dies down, the race for the championship becomes a bigger focus and two races on the schedule this weekend at Belle Isle present an opportunity.“It’s always important when you have double races, double points. You want to make sure that you maximize in those areas,” said Helio Castroneves, who is in fourth place, giving Penske three of the top four spots. “We’re going for it. We can’t play around and be conservative.”Castroneves won the second race at Belle Isle last year. Power won the first race and was the runner-up a day later, leaving little doubt about his comfort level at this venue.“Indy, it’s fine increments of steering. It’s such a high speed, smooth, super fast,” Power said. “Here, it’s very physical, and you can make a difference with the car. At Indy, if the car’s not working for you, you can’t do much about it.”last_img read more

Steve Spurrier pokes Clemson about access to practice

first_imgUSC senior Brandon Shell is moving from right to left tackle.USC senior Brandon Shell is moving from right to left tackle.COLUMBIA – In recent years, University of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has opened practices to the media and public, while Clemson University coach Dabo Swinney has closed the Tigers’ workouts.This season, USC has closed workouts, although scrimmages are scheduled to be open to the public. Clemson, meanwhile, has opened its first five practices to the media, although the fans are still not allowed.“They opened it to the media and not the fans?” Spurrier asked with a wry smile. “I didn’t know that was permissible. Better check legal ramifications for that. There may be some lawsuits.”Spurrier had a request for media members attending Clemson practices.“You guys go up there and bring us a report,” said Spurrier. “We’ll listen to you about three months from now.”•Offensive guard Brock Stadnik is out indefinitely as he has been slow to recover from shoulder surgery, and Spurrier hinted that the redshirt junior’s time at USC could be coming to an end.“I don’t know how much he’ll play,” Spurrier said. “He may want to graduate, transfer and play somewhere because he is going to be way behind with the young guys we have here now.”•Stadnik’s brother, Clayton Stadnik, started 12 games at center during the past two seasons. But after dropping to 240 pounds following dental surgery, he is competing at tight end.•Fifth-year senior Mike Matulis is playing left guard, with fellow fifth-year senior Brandon Shell moving from right to left tackle.Junior Mason Zandi is listed as the starter at right tackle.•USC and North Carolina are meeting in the season opener for the second time in three seasons, and there are reports that the series could become more commonplace in the future.Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora is in favor of playing the game more often.“I’ve heard rumors about it,” Fedora said. “I think it’s good. I think it’s good for our program, probably good for their program, I guess. I don’t know.”Spurrier said he prefers more variety in the non-Southeastern Conference schedule.“We already play Clemson every year,” said Spurrier. “If we played two games (against the same Atlantic Coast Conference teams), that would be unusual.“But I do like playing an ACC team. I heard there was some interest in playing Duke. Duke is a top-notch program now, as we all know. Obviously, that’s where I coached several years ago. I love Duke University. I tell people all the time, whatever kind of coach I became, I learned most of it at Duke University.”last_img read more

Tonight’s game capsules

first_imgHaynesville at La. New TechWHEN: 7 p.m.WHERE: Plain DealingLAST YEAR: Haynesville won 38-7RECORDS: Haynesville 9-0, 4-0; La. New Tech 5-4, 3-1HAYNESVILLE NOTES: Golden Tornado ranked No. 1 in Class 1A. Haynesville clinched the District 1-1A title with a victory over Grambling last week. Haynesville was the Class 1A state runner-up last season. Tors are averaging 43 points per game.LA. NEW TECH NOTES: Lions coming off a 30-11 victory over Arcadia. Logan Allen has passed for 2,433 yards and 27 touchdowns. With a power ranking of No. 13 in 1A, New Tech will likely host a first-round game even with a loss.PLAYERS TO WATCH: Haynesville — QB Jerrell Jackson, QB Kendrick Jackson, RB CaVontae Critton. La. New Tech — QB Logan Allen, WR Tray Harris, WR Isaac Jacobs. Airline at ParkwayWHEN: 7 p.m.WHERE: Preston Crownover StadiumLAST YEAR: Airline won 31-13RECORDS: Airline 5-4, 3-1; Parkway 8-0, 4-0AIRLINE NOTES: Vikings can earn a share of the District 1-5A title for the second straight year with an upset victory. Vikings coming off a 25-11 victory over Captain Shreve. Airline is assured of a playoff spot.PARKWAY NOTES: Panthers clinched a share of the 1-5A title for the second straight year with a victory over Haughton last week. Parkway is ranked No. 2 in Class 5A. Panthers’ power ranking is No. 3. With a win, Parkway could move up to No. 2.PLAYERS TO WATCH: Airline — RB Kavonte Johnson, DL Charlie Matthews, LB Brynden Vance. Parkway — QB Brandon Harris, DB Hunter Huckaby, LB Tray Walker. Huntington at BentonWHEN: 7 p.m.WHERE: BentonLAST YEAR: Benton won 41-38RECORDS: Huntington 1-7, 0-6; Benton 4-5, 3-3HUNTINGTON NOTES: Raiders coming off a 34-33 overtime loss to Minden. The 33 points were a season high. Huntington is averaging 18.4 points per game and allowing 34.5.BENTON NOTES: Tigers coming off a 34-14 loss to District 1-4A champion Northwood. Benton led Northwood 14-13 in the third quarter. Jodan Shaffer has passed for 2,026 yards and 19 touchdowns. Benton has a power rating of No. 22, so the Tigers are likely in the playoffs win or lose.PLAYERS TO WATCH: Huntington — RB Quindarius Allen, QB Tardarell Maiden. Benton — DB Austin Simmons, LB Jaret Gill, DB Jordan White.center_img Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more